Week 34 in review: Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, Zenfone 7/7 Pro leak

Another week is over and done, so let’s look at the top stories. The US patched its ban on Huawei by adding some 38 third-party companies that Huawei used to circumvent some of the restrictions. Thus Huawei effectively is left without access to US-based chips and chip technology and could end up without a chip supplier for its phones.

We spotted renders of what could prove to be the Sony Xperia 5 II. While we’re very eager for a successor to the tiny and powerful Xperia of 2019, this likely isn’t it as the renders look like a miniaturized version of the Xperia 1 II so were likley…

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Top 10 trending phones of week 34

We had no major announcements this week, which allowed the pair of Ultras to retain the top two spots – the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra still ahead of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra.

The Realme X7 is just around the corner and it appears quite a few a paying attention as it made the top 3 before it made the stage.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro leads the vanilla Note 9 in fourth and fifth as another rumored phone, the Zenfone 7 took sixth in the week leading to its announcement.

The OnePlus Nord has slipped all the way down to seventh, as the veteran that is the Galaxy A51 is now eight.

The Redmi 9…

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Realme X7 first photos appear online and it looks rather unusual

Realme is launching its next lineup on September 1 and we finally have first live photos of the phone. It was revealed by two senior executives – a neat tri-color gradient, with the company’s motto on top, which will undoubtedly raise a few eyebrows.

“Dare to Leap” has been Realme’s motto since last year and the company has always been saying that it is implementing this idea when developing its products. While the photos by Xu Qi Chase, CMO at Realme, give us just a glance of what the upcoming X7 smartphone will look like, the Design Director shed some light on the unusual…

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The Asus ROG Phone 3 has a hidden 160Hz display mode

The Asus ROG Phone 3 has a lovely 6.59-inch AMOLED panel with a joint-fastest refresh rate of 144Hz on a phone. It turns out, the panel can run even faster – up to 160Hz to be exact.

The guys over at XDA-Developers found an Android Debug Bridge command that enables the ROG Phone 3’s panel to run at an experimental 160Hz for testing and everyone with basic ADB knowledge can enable it (instructions in the source link below).

XDA has confirmed that the screen does indeed run at 160Hz and that some games, capable of 144fps, being technically fps-unlocked, can run at 160fps. We verified in…

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Another Samsung Galaxy Watch3 fully unboxed in Mystic Bronze ahead of launch event

A new video has been published to YouTube by The Mobile Central which shows us a full unboxing, tour, and pairing process for the yet to be released Samsung Galaxy Watch3. According to the video, a retailer (presumably in the UAE) sold this watch ahead of its release date.

We saw another video starring the Galaxy Watch3 surface just several hours ago, but this one isn’t a spy or leak video, it’s a full-on unboxing and setup.

The Watch3 in this video is a Mystic Bronze 41mm version with model number SM-R850. Around the 1-minute mark, the host speculates the possibility of the…

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vivo S7 render reveals camera design, it is similar to the X50 Pro

The vivo S7 announcement is scheduled for Monday, and today the manufacturer gave us another teaser, revealing the camera setup and one of the colors, and they both look intriguing.

The S7 will sport a similar setup to the vivo X50 Pro – one main cam with a big lens in the upper side of a rectangle setup, accompanied by two auxiliary shooters. The big difference is we don’t see a periscope cam, but the S series leans to the mid-tier price range, so it’s not really a surprise.

The color looks interesting, but it is hardly a surprise anymore – we’ve seen numerous different gradients…

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Weekly poll: does 100W+ charging matter?

This week several companies announced 100+ watt fast charging solutions for future smartphones – iQOO’s 120W Super FlashCharge, Realme’s 125 W UltraDART, Xiaomi teased a 100W charger, Oppo announced not only 125 W wired charging but also 65W AirVOOC wireless charging. The Lenovo Legion will get close with 90W. How much is too much?

According to Oppo’s numbers, a 4,000 mAh battery will be fully charged in 20 minutes. iQOO promises to do it in 15 minutes. Xiaomi’s 100W charger is no slouch either, doing 0-100% in 17 minutes. In the case of Oppo’s wireless option, 100% charge is reached in…

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Oppo Enco M31 wireless earphones review

The Enco M31 are the latest pair of wireless earphones from Oppo. On paper, the Enco M31 seem fully featured, with LDAC, Hi-Res Wireless Audio certification, IPX5 certified water resistance, and Ai-powered noise cancellation for voice calls, all at a relatively affordable price.

The inclusion of LDAC alone should put a smile on a few faces, as support for this codec is largely absent in budget audio gear. And the Enco M31 is well and truly “budget”; I picked up this pair for INR 1999 from Amazon India, which is only about $26. So what’s the catch and how do they perform? Let’s find…

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Week 29 in review: Oppo shows 125W charging, OnePlus Nord teasers intensify

As the OnePlus Nord is scheduled for announcement next week, we got a bunch of stories about it last week. OnePlus’ Carl Pei showed off the phone in grey and cyan. He also appeared to be using the new OnePlus Buds, in matching cyan.

The Buds were confirmed to launch alongside the Nord on July 21.

The battery capacities of the iPhone 12 series were revealed by certification docs. It looks like the iPhone 12 models will have slightly smaller battery capacities compared to the current iPhone 11 lineup.

The 5.4-inch iPhone 12 will have a 2,227mAh cell, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro will…

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Top 10 trending phones of week 29

This week’s 10 most popular phones in our database are exactly the same as those from week 28 and yet not a single one of them is where we left it.

The hype surrounding the Poco M2 Pro launch has died down so the former leader founds itself all the way down in sixth.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro and Samsung Galaxy A51 have now reclaimed the top two spots, while OnePlus is clearly successful in hyping up the Nord as it’s already in third.

The Redmi Note 9 and Redmi 9 duo follows, while the M2 Pro makes it three Xiaomi-made phones in a row.

Samsung’s Galaxy A71 and A21s take seventh and…

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